Gifted and Talented Program
Students between grades one and five who are identified as gifted (see criteria sheet) are seen weekly for small group enrichment instruction in language arts or math within their classroom. The subject alternates by week. In sixth grade, language arts students are served twice in one week, and then twice in math the next week.
This classroom-based small-group instruction enables classroom teachers to add highly talented students to the small group based on pre-tests, creating flexible grouping.
How does the Gifted and Talented Program Serve All Students at Notre Dame Academy?
As part of the gifted program, Primary Education Thinking Skills classes are taught to all students in grades one to three. This allows children to understand and practice six thinking styles: evaluative, convergent, analytical, visual/spatial perception, divergent, and inventive. The goal of this is to improve overall problem solving and allow different students an opportunity to shine in their area of strength. It also helps students to understand that each talent is valuable and we all have them in varying strengths. In fourth and fifth grades, higher order thinking skills are taught to the whole class through things such as: solving mystery stories, deductive logic puzzles, anagrams, and many other critical thinking exercises. In sixth grade, these activities are in an enrichment box that is used by the teacher as a “What to do when I’m through” activity. They have different math puzzles that have QR codes to scan for the answer, logic puzzles, and challenge activities used by all.
After School Enrichment Programs Sponsored by the Gifted and Talented Program
Kid Chess: Once a week after school students in grades one through eight may enroll in our after school chess program.
Math Olympiad: Notre Dame Academy has an after school Math Olympiad Team for grades four, five, and six. There are more than 5,000 teams from 49 states and 31 countries involved in Math Olympiad competitions. Our students participate in five math competitions during the year. Non-competition meetings involve group practice and review in math.
Registration for both of these programs is available through Notre Dame Academy's AsceND Program.